Shipyard version 0.8.0 or "The Combat Update" has just been released! As the largest update the game has ever seen, there is too much to discuss in one post. You can read the abbreviated version on the Brass Watch Games blog or see the full changelog at the bottom of the game's page.
If you already have the launcher, the uodate should be ready for download. Otherwise, you can get either the launcher or the full client archive from my website.